Technology Transfer Manager - Life Sciences
Vacancy Ref: 051157 Closing Date: 23-Feb-2020
Contact Person: Kirsteen Bellamy Contact Number: 01316509090
Contact Email: Kirsteen.Bellamy@ei.ed.ac.uk
The Technology Transfer Manager will take a lead role in developing and commercialising University of Edinburgh intellectual property. The role encompasses liaising with clients, potential clients, inventors, business development colleagues, and other technology transfer colleagues to identify and assess the commercial potential of disclosures, undertaking relevant diligence, marketing technologies to potential licensees and concluding appropriate licence and other commercial arrangements.
Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr John Lonsdale John.Lonsdale@ei.ed.ac.uk.
1. Job Details
Job title: Technology Transfer Manager
Department: Enterprise Services
Line Manager: Head of Enterprise Services
2. Job Purpose
The TTM will take a lead role in developing and commercialising University of Edinburgh intellectual property, in the area of life sciences. The role encompasses liaising with clients, potential clients, inventors, business development colleagues, and other technology transfer colleagues to identify and assess the commercial potential of disclosures, undertaking relevant diligence, marketing technologies to potential licensees and concluding appropriate licence and other commercial arrangements.
3. Main Responsibilities
Approx. % of time
Working as a part of EI Account Teams, identify and carry out due diligence on intellectual property (IP) disclosed by academic staff to establish a protection and exploitation strategy capable of achieving a commercial end point through utilising quality industry feedback (including data from evaluation studies) throughout the life cycle of the IP development and exploitation project. 30%
Proactive marketing of Intellectual Property, to secure new licensees or co-development partners through marketing collateral development, including attendance at relevant partnering and industry events, and targeted approaches to potential licensees. 15%
Negotiation of, and conclusion of, licensing and/or co-development deals alone or in consultation with the University researchers, legal advisers, and ERI colleagues as appropriate. 15%
Implement technology specific commercialisation / exploitation strategy (alone or in conjunction with colleagues as appropriate), but always providing overall leadership for each IP-based project, clarity over responsibilities for individual tasks, and clear communication with colleagues particularly around milestones / deadlines / key decision points, etc. 20%
Management of the patent protection and prosecution strategy for relevant technologies, in collaboration with our external patent agents, to ensure the opportunity is accurately specified and defined by an appropriately expansive claim set to maximise the industrially applicable products / processes captured. Securing (internal) funds for patent protection; undertaking market research; and managing IP development / proof of principle funds, including driving of projects to a successful commercial outcome. 10%
Maintain and update ERI commercialisation records so that accurate and reliable information is available for ERI reporting. 5%
Undertaking any other duties appropriate to the role, such as participating in workshops to raise awareness of IP and commercialisation, and assisting with business improvements of in-house systems / processes, etc. 5%
4. Key Contacts/Relationships
• EI Internally – members of the Technology Transfer Team, Business Development Executives based within EIL and the Schools, and the University’s Legal advisers
• Externally – University inventors, UoE staff at all levels, potential licensees, existing licencees, external advisors, funding bodies and patent attorneys.
5. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
The post holder will be expected to have competencies at the appropriate level of the UoE competence framework, (https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/learning-development/planning-your-...) and should meet the specifications below.
A University degree in a Life Sciences related subject
PhD or equivalent higher education research qualification in a science, technology or business discipline
- Significant Life Science experience in research, translation or commercialisation.
- Demonstrable hands-on experience of technical sales and/or IP-based commercialisation with a strong track record of successfully negotiating and closing deals to transfer technologies from one organisation to another.
- Track record of working in a high throughput environment with strong influencing and project management skills as well as an ability to manage short term and long term goals to meet deadlines and organisational / team targets.
- Working knowledge of intellectual property (IP) management, IP diligence, and the patenting process.
- Experience of working within a University Technology Transfer Office and/or with higher education institutions and academic researchers.
- Experience of genomics and therapeutics research, development and licensing.
- Experience of post-deal alliance management and building long term partnership with industrial partners
- Involvement in using IP, patent management, and relationship management systems, and recording, organising and extracting data from such systems
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
Experience of successfully licensing a wide ranging portfolio of technologies such as that developed within academic environments to commercial parties.
- Commercial and technical sales experience, preferably including marketing and selling technologies to in-licensing industrial and commercial organisations.
- A sound understanding of the practical challenges of commercialisation of early stage higher education institute (HEI) developed technologies.
- An understanding of the due diligence process required to enable commercialisation of early stage HEI developed technologies.
- Experience of negotiating the commercial aspects of IP licences.
- Understanding of the patent prosecution process.
- Strong interpersonal, communication and influencing skills, with specific ability to communicate effectively with academic researchers and commercial partners and the ability to establish effective working relationships.
- Good organisational, planning and scheduling skills to manage a competing workload.
- Ability to cope under pressure.
- Ability to work on own initiative and as an effective team player.
All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.
You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.